Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has stated that National Population and Housing Census coming up in 2023 was necessary as it would go a long way to tackle the country’s insecurity.
The governor also said the 2023 Census data would drive the implementation of his programmes and policies.
He stated this at the stakeholders’ summit held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday, on the 2023 population and housing census. The summit was tagged “Getting the people involved”.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Luck Aiyedatiwa, the governor noted that the country’s inability to conduct a population census in the last 16 years had created an information vacuum as the data from the last census has been rendered less useful for planning purposes.
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Akeredolu said, “We require a new data set to drive the implementation of the recently launched revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development and other government policies in Ondo state.
” The 2023 Census data is also needed to tackle the security challenges bedeviling the country as it will give an overview of the population where they are and who they are. We are delighted with the promise by the Commission that it will deploy technology to ensure the conduct of the first fully digital census in Nigeria.
“This census methodology will enhance the data quality, inspire the confidence of the Nigerian people and acceptability of the census results.
“Knowing the population of Ondo State and using the data to plan for the people and future generations is a collective duty we owe this country. We must all resolve that this duty is satisfactorily carried out in the firm belief that what has joined us together as a country and our common destiny are far stronger than the negative forces that tend to drive us apart,” he added.